Committee on Lectures and Cultural Events

Welcome to the Wellesley College CLCE 


The Committee on Lectures and Cultural Events (CLCE) is a multi-constituency committee made up of faculty, staff, students, and administration. The Committee sets policy and administers endowed funds to support lectures and cultural events that enhance the intellectual and cultural life of the Wellesley College community.

Committee Members


Administrative Director: Brittany Bailey
Student Services Representative: Jessica Grady
Cultural Advising Network Representative: Karen Shih
Black Task Force Representative: Liseli Fitzpatrick
President's Designee: Keira Bunn
Faculty Members
Louise Darling 17-18 & 19-21
Callie Lekas 21-23
Anjali Prabhu 17-18 & 19-21
Vernon Shetley 19-22 (Chair)
Nina Tumarkin 18-19 & 20-22


Student Representatives
Director of on-Campus Affairs: Ashley Amoabeng 
Student Bursar: Alexis Rivett

Types of Funding



How to Apply

A maximum of $1,000 in departmental funds are available upon request. Only Department Chairs, Program Directors, and Academic Administrators are eligible to request funds on behalf of their respective department(s) or program(s). Funds may be used to support visiting speakers, performers, and for student-centered special activities. 

In order to provide an increase in classroom lecture support for the 20-21 academic year, Departmental funds will not be disbursed.                                                                                             
Classroom Lecture

For the 2020-21 academic year, we will be increasing the Classroom Lecture Funding request amount from $500 per year, per faculty member to the amount of $500 per term, per faculty member. The funds are awarded on a first come, first serve basis.  

These funds:

  • can be used to pay for multiple speakers
  • may not be paid to anyone on the Wellesley College payroll (i.e., faculty or staff)
  • may not be used to make a donation
  • do not carry over from one Term to the next
  • may not be pooled by several faculty to provide a larger fee for a classroom speaker
Classroom Lecture Funding click here to apply
General Event Funding

Events sponsored by the CLCE serve to educate and enrich the Wellesley College Community. Events that CLCE sponsors must be open to all College Community members. The types of events include lectures, panels, performances, workshops, cultural shows, and conferences designed and intended for the College Community and beyond. For more information on deadlines & guidelines: General Event Funding

Deadlines and link to application can be found here

Wilson Lecture 

The Wilson Lecture is the premiere speaking event on campus.  Previous honorees have included Lisa Perez Jackson (Apple Inc.’s Vice President for the Environment), Caroline Myles (founder of the Save the Children Foundation), and Amy Smith (inventor and founder of the MIT d-LAB).  Faculty members are encouraged to nominate people of national and international importance to be invited by the college president to come speak.  The Wilson Lecture is always a banner event on campus.  A call for nominations will go out to faculty every spring. For more information: Wilson Lecture Nominations

The nomination period is currently closed.